Members of the community participated in a morning of shooting sporting clays at Deep River Sporting Clays in Sanford, North Carolina, Monday. The event, Sporting Clays for Troops, supported the USO of North Carolina.
The first annual event welcomed amateurs and experts alike, with shotgun rental, shells, clays, breakfast and lunch included in the cost. Active-duty Soldiers could attend free of charge, and Mike Bambrick said he was excited to shoot his first sporting clays after receiving an email from the USO.
“It’s just fun to get out and shoot and do some non-military shooting with the public,” he explained.
This is the goal of the facility as well as the event, said Ed Strickland, Deep River Sporting Clays.
“Our mission is to offer respite, build community and help others.”
During the event, participants walked around 65-acres of woodlands in teams to shoot 50 rounds of sporting clays over 13 stations. Each station had a different presentation, which offered a unique challenge, said Strickland.
He said the day was especially important for the active-duty Soldiers in attendance.
“It gives them an opportunity to get away from the daily grind,” he said.
Kate Shaefer, a Fort Bragg Family member, said she purchased tickets as soon as she saw the event. She and her husband, Charles, said they enjoyed the morning shooting on the “beautiful” range.
Shaefer said events that support the USO of NC are crucial.
“It keeps the military Family relevant,” she said. “The USO provides so much support for service members and their Families.”
Event organizers plan to hold the event next year, and hope for even more participation from local service members.
For more information about the USO of NC at Fort Bragg, visit them on the first floor of the Soldier Support Center or at https://northcarolina.uso.org/fortbragg.